As an Asian girl growing up in West London, Manju was bullied at school and sought solace in cooking which she learnt from her mother. She spent several years of her childhood in India where she explored and experienced the vast and varied cuisines of the country. In her cooking, she draws up on her past and combines it with the realities of urban western life and has come up with her own unique Brit-Indi style of food. It’s easy Indian home-cooking. She has won BBC’s Food and Drink competition in 1999 and cooked with Antony Worrall Thompson on BBC2, and was invited back a second time. Manju’s Simply Indian series was aired on the Taste Network in 2001. She has also appeared amongst several other programmes, on ITV’s Saturday Cooks and This Morning, Channel 5, Sky One, BBC1′s Saturday Kitchen and Paul Hollywood’s Pies and Puds.